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LITTLE ROCK — While Gov. Asa Hutchinson has made it clear he wants to keep Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion in place through the end of next year, what's less certain is what happens after then for the thousands receiving health coverage through the program.

Hutchinson's proposal to reauthorize the "private option" and create a task force to look at health care reforms leaves plenty of unanswered questions about the future of a program providing health insurance to more than 213,000 people. The possibilities range from a similar program to a complete overhaul of the state's Medicaid system.

Lawmakers could move as quickly as next week on proposals setting up the task force and continuing the private option, crafted two years ago as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law.

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  • ChiTownArkie
    January 25, 2015 at 1:32 p.m.

    The AR lege continues the attempt to screw up something that is clearly working. What is it with Republicans that want to keep their fellow Americans in poverty and poor health? With the reality of rural hospitals closing (along with many jobs lost), other hospitals cutting hours and in some cases, entire wings, along with over 200,000 Arkansans who had to go to the ER for medical care prior to the PO, the R party continues to prove their mantra of Love the fetus, hate the child. Love the soldier, hate the vet. Love America, hate Americans.

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